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FAQ

Q. Can I repair my own winch line?

A. Yes, with a little practice it takes as little as 15 minutes to repair a broken line. The best way to learn to splice properly and safely is by using the right tools. Check out our Rope Repair Kit, it has all the right tools to get started including a piece of practice rope and official instructions.

If you’re not sure about repairing your line yourself you can contact us at 253-841-3000 we can do most rope repairs for $19.95. That includes inspection, re-splice, new rock guard and drum connector. Replacement hardware can be purchased at an additional cost.

Q. How much weight will I save by going with synthetic?

A. By switching from steel cable to a synthetic winch line you will reduce the weight as follows:

Size

Steel Cable Weight - Pounds

Synthetic Rope Weight - Pounds

Difference

5/16” x 100’

18

2.7

15.3

5/16” x 125’

22.5

3.375

19.1

5/16” x 150’

27

4

23

3/8” x 100’

26

3.6

22.4

Additional weight can be saved by switching to an Aluminum Hawse Fairlead.

Q. How much weight will I save by going with an Aluminum Fairlead over a stock Roller Fairlead?

A. Stock roller fairlead weighs around 13 lbs. vs. the Aluminum Fairlead that weighs around 1.5 lbs. Saving you on average an extra 11 or so lbs.

Q. Why is it safer to use synthetic winch lines that steel cable?

A. Since synthetic winch rope is so light, it can't store as much kinetic energy as heavy steel cables. Therefore the synthetic rope will not carry as much force as a heavy steel cable would if it were to breaks under load. You can test it out by comparing steel cable to a wet napkin and a synthetic winch line to a dry napkin, throw a dry napkin as hard as you can it will only go a few feet, but soak it in water and now you can throw it much farther.

Q. Why did my synthetic winch line break?

A. The number one reason is from abrasion, where the rope has come in contact with the fairlead mount or bumper. The most common culprit is the bumper manufacturers; they do not always provide enough clearance or opening for the winch line to pass through untouched before it goes through the fairlead. The solution is to grind the opening larger to allow the fairlead mount opening to be at least 1/4" larger than the opening of the fairlead. Be sure to really watch the bottom and on the sides of the fairlead. In our opinion this reason accounts for probably 98-99% of all rope failures.

Here is a few more reason for rope failure:

  • Allowing ropes to come in contact with sharp rocks under load
  • Using the incorrect length or size rope for your winch.
  • Not properly installing the winch line under load. Loose winch lines can result in backlashing. This is where the rope gets stuck in between itself which can cause high friction and abrasion.
  • Overheating winches, in particular winches with internal brakes in the winch drums
  • Using winch lines for sucking axles down (rock crawlers) by threading the line through the front of the fairlead then down to the axle. This will prematurely wear out the line.

 


***Always consult your safe winching techniques from your winch manufacturer and enroll in a winch safety class to keep yourself, family and friends safe. ***

 

 

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